La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

9,173 Ratings
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Ratings: 9,173
Reviews: 2,862
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 491
Gots: 1,575 | FT: 16
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-23-1998

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Photo of paperbackfoster
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip glass.

A - Opaque, light honeyed bronze. Pours a frothy two-finger head that, even while pouring, fizzes quickly out of existence. Bright and active. The carbonation held to the narrow curve of the tulip, shooting up to the disappearing head.

S - Rich florals and spice. Heavy on the coriander and citrus, as well as tropical fruit and a bready backbone.

T - Wild, sour yeast hits with a juicy, candied sweetness. Pervasive spice. Big fruit flavors break down into subtle hints of orange, mango, and a bit of pineapple. Bitter, grassy hops round out the profile. Bold and complex, but fresh and lively.

M - Both zesty and creamy, this one's spot on.

Overall - Obviously an astounding beer, and one that could easily please even the most discerning. Big tripel flavors meet up with qualities of a real hefeweizen, and even a bit of the freshness and unique spicing of a saison, to bring a sweet, sour treat. Enjoy it slow. Then enjoy a few more.

Photo of crwills
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It's amazing how great a great beer tastes when you drink it right after a lousy beer. In this case, both beers were from the same brewer -- I drank this bottle of Unibroue La Fin Du Monde right after a bottle of Unibroue U2. I guess the biggest positive comment I can make about the U2 is that it made the La Fin Du Monde taste so much better!

I poured the LFDM (acronyms rule) into a standard pint glass. Nice, cloudy golden colour with a 1/2 inch head. Looks like fairly low carbonation. Smell is strawberries, grapefruit, candies, peaches, some grass, and, of course, that patent, unidentifiable (at least to me) Unibrouey smell.

Taste is just great. Fruity, sweet hops, a bit of alcohol, and Unibroueyness. Yes, I'm inventing words left and right. Mouthfeel is cutting, with just the right amount of carbonation for me (i.e. not that much), and very little aftertaste.

For 9% ABV, this is a very drinkable beer. The type I could go through two or three of and then fall down.

Anyway, my theory is Unibroue released its one or two lousy beers solely to make its mostly awesome beers taste better. Smart, eh?

Photo of crewfan16
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle to a Stella Artois glass. I know its not quite the perfect glass for it, but it will work tonight.

a- pours a slightly hazy golden color with a big almost 2" white frothy head. it faded fairly quick, but left a bit of lacing down the glass

s-fruit and Belgian yeast. i smell raisin, banana, a little clove some green apple maybe, brown sugar and some biscuit.

t-again with the yeast and fruit. raisin, banana, dark sugar and some hops and dryness at the end

m-a lot more carbonation that i remember but it works very well for this style. it lets the flavors bounce around a bit. doesnt feel like a heavy beer at all, it goes down smoothly, but the 9% abv is nowhere to be found

overall, every time I try this, I remember that it is one of my favorites of any tripels out there...and from Canada no less. Unibroue consistently puts out an incredible brew that I will always seek out. And for $10 a 4-pack, I dont mind purchasing whenever I find it.

Photo of ejquin
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

App: Orange. Thick white head with some lacing.

S: Corainder with some citrus and hops.

T: Nice and crisp. Heavy citrus and coriander spice with some apple cider. Semi-dry finish. Some slight hop bitterness on finish.

M: Slick and semi-light. Nicely carbonated.

D: Very good

Photo of russwbeck
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a fluffy and full white head. Decent retention, minimal lacing.

S: Belgian yeasts to the core, citrus and spices adding to that. Wonderful smell.

T: The Belgian yeast, citrus, and spices show themselves first in the taste. Making way for slight hop bitterness and warming alcohol to finish it off. One of my favorite representations of the style.

MF: Bubbly and light. Very inviting drink.

D: Extremely high. Really love this beer.

Photo of bigkahunas4
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my snifter

A: Pours an opaque bronze. Snow white half finger head but settles quite quickly. Quite sticky lacing

S: Citrus, clove, and spicey. Really quite pleasant and distinct.

T: Starts with a citric bite and moves to a bready yeast. Hints of pepper and clove come in, as well as some fruits like white grape and orange. Warming alcohol enters at the end

M: Fairly dry, yet smooth.

D: This is one of my favorites - and it's really due to the great balance of flavors, alcohol, and bitterness. Certainly a sipper with the high ABV, but certainly one to savor.

D:

Photo of marburg
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Easy like a four dollar prostitu.... Well, you get the idea. This beer, despite it's high abv, is an exceptionally easy-to-drink beer. A lot of times, drinkability is really a summary of the whole package. If it's tasty, it's easier to drink. If it doesn't feel odd, it's easier to drink. If it doesn't smell like Farmer Fred's horse feed trough, it's easier to drink. In this case, the beer's gorgeous nose and layered flavor profile make this beer a treat.

Pours a hazy pale straw color, almost a creamy offwhite. A nice, poppy, white head forms atop the beer. Aromas of fruit -- passion, mango, citrus -- and cloves. Very spicy.

Tastes much the same -- but in layers of flavor. There's a definite pear and tropical fruit flavor upfront that forms a very inviting sweetness. A peppery, tingly clove spice flavor tickles the tongue. And finally, a warming alcoholic mouthfeel washes over the flavors and mutes them a bit as the beer is swallowed. It's astonishingly complex, and it's far and away one of the best beers in the world.

Photo of HossMcGraw
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's difficult for me to describe this beer because the flavor is pretty much all over the place. A floral taste equally combined with a bold wheat flavor kicks things off, and from there, you're on your own to figure out what flavors you encounter. I sure as hell have a hard time. Ripe fruit with a subtle but noticeable malt flavor might do the trick. I hated this beer at first, but I grew to love the complexity and richness of it. If you're kind of a rookie beer taster like me, check out the Unibroue variety case. It's bomb. When I drink this stuff, it makes me want to shake my skinny white ass to some Kool & the Gang.

Photo of OskarL
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale straw color with a head that dissipates quite fast and leaves little lacing.

Smells typicly belgian with spices, lemon, sweet malt, some fruits and yeast. Very refreshing!

Taste has some sweet malt with a peppery yeast, berries, green apples and pear. Finishes with some warming alcohol.

Medium/full bodied, smooth, creamy with mild carbonation.

Photo of manleyphoto
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

There are not too many Canadian products that evoke a strong brand following here in America, but it's time we made Unibroue a household name. La Fin Du Monde is "the end of the world" in French but what it really means is that you should go to the end of the world, if necessary, to pick some of this up. Luckily for us, Unibroue is distributed widely in our market, and therefore available just around the corner.
This is one of the many beers I keep coming back to, time and time again. I miss it if it's been awhile, and feel like I need to welcome it back into my home.
La Fin Du Monde is in the Belgian strong-triple style and is liquid gold, literally. The beer pours a hazy beautiful golden, with a full billowy head of white foam.
What makes La Fin Du Monde exceptional amongst its North American counterparts is the full sweet-tart peppery smell, and monster yeasty, bready, and fruity flavor. Like many traditional Belgian-style breweries, Unibroue uses proprietary house yeast for its beers that add a unique character, and their yeast seems to leave this typically dry style on the sweet end of the spectrum with a massive pronounced complexity of flavors. This beer is bottle conditioned, meaning a small amount of yeast is left in the bottle to carbonate and mellow out the beer, enhancing the full flavors of the drink.
Drinking most of this French-Canadian breweries beer is an experience that I can't recommend enough, and La Fin Du Monde is a brilliant example of their craft and skill. If this is the end of the world, then I really do feel fine.

Photo of steinlifter
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a cloudy golden, not much head, not much lacing to speak of.
smell: very nice, fruity complex, hard to define.
taste: delicious! similar to smell , fruity and complex, a bit sweet and some grain.
mouthfeel is great, light and bubbly, just like champagne!
drinkability: Very high! this is one of my favorite beers! but, I can't drink them everyday, as they are high in abv, not a session brew! but great for a little something special once in awhile. Great Stuff!!!

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy orange/yellow body with a decent frothy white head that recedes quickly to a ring around the glass.

S: Smells amazing... A big nose of spices (clove, cinnamon, & pepper), tropical fruit (pinapple, banana), a bit of yeast, & a hint of citrus.

T: Initial flavor is an explosion of spices- pepper, clove, cinnamon- followed by a burst of fruity flavors, yeast, & grainy malts. Not really picking up on any warmth from the high abv because the extreme flavors cover it very well. Extremely well balanced.

M: Smooth and creamy texture, although a bit sticky, medium carbonation, and medium body.

D: Love this beer. Dad bought it for me at World of Beer in Lake Mary, FL, and it was love at first sip. I love the prickly sensation on the tongue and the massive amount of flavor on the palate. Easy to drink, definitely a sipper, but could drink this all night.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Chimay chalice. Pours a hazy goldish color with a huge white head that takes nearly the entire time to drink to fully dissapate. Lacing is great on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is wonderful! Great musty Belgian yeast aromas with lots of citrus notes and toasted malts...some lighter crisp fruits too; grapefruit maybe...pear? Who cares...great aroma. Very faint booze smell.

Flavor is also great...sweet, tangy...perfect carnonation. Lot's of citrus and honey to counter balance eachother. Musty grapefruit flavors, Belgian yeast...finishes slightly dry.

Mouthfeel is slightly complex and full bodied for a Belgian Tripel. Carbonation is perfect. This beer is definitely a room temp beer. Wonderful!

Photo of JCNY
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers period. Best if poured into a glass and aired out for a moment. Powerful at about 9% abv, yet tastes like blissful candy without losing the beer characteristic. It must be the delicate blend of fruit and spice.

Labeling is perfect and the name means the End of the World. If we were facing the end of the world, this would be in one hand. In the other hand...

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

"The end of the world"

Pure gold color, almost cloudy. The elegant white head dies fast. Weak legs and no visible activity.

Sweet and nicely strong floral aromas with grain and spices. Pleasant smell of malty caramel. A very sweet smell compared to the bitter taste.

Perfectly fresh yet powerful taste of bitter spices. Great taste of malty fruity citrus, almost resinous. A strange feeling of caramel that is probably maple sirup.
It's a warming and delicious feeling. A slick medium body with a drying end and a champagne like effect.

La Fin du Monde is "Quebec's pure gold", probably a reference to its secret ingredient = Maple sirup = Quebec's "gold". This is just a theory and an opinion from someone who eat Maple sirup every weeks of the year. One of my favorite tripel being extremely well crafted, balanced, exquisite taste and freshness; this is the only beer you'll ever need living through the end of the world!

Photo of kzoobrew
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

La Fin Du Monde, The end of the world.

The pour is almost perfection. Hazed completely through. Color from pear yellow on the bottom to a richer goldish yellow to the top. Magnificent white foamy head. Lively brew, watch the pour.

Aroma of sweet fruit and yeast. Clove and lovely spicy goodness. Peppery spicy notes round out the aroma.

Wow, flavor is awesome. Sweet spiced flavor lively carbonation makes for a magnificent brew. Very light and crisp flavors echoes the aroma left in the nose.

Mouth feel is so very smooth light and crisp.Very impressive for a bigger brew.

Wonderfully drinkable. Absolutely enjoy every sip.

Photo of Brenden
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had a couple of these because it's just too good not to. I only just found my most recent notes.

The appearance is nice but doesn't quite do justice to what is to come. The color is a cloudy pale gold. There's a nice cascading effect that produces a fluffy white head that retains well and leaves a little sticky lacing in patches.
There's lots on the nose and the complexity shines through before the first sip. Notes of fruits that seem more like natural juices than candied, though there is a sugary note as well, are backed by a yeast and a gentle spice. There's a zesty apple bite, more like cider than juice, and a paler sort of banana aroma. Further back are cloves and an earthy something.
A huge malt backing with incredible balance and a whole complexity of flavors make this an incredible brew. Everything on the nose with an alcoholic tint that is warming rather than off-putting. Lots of grains underneath and a hops bitterness that isn't overwhelmed but gives a nice spine to this It's about as thick as can be without being syrupy and very smooth. The body is moderate to full and carbonation is at a great level.
This one's much more drinkable than the high ABV would typically allow. Pretty amazing, really.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Extremely bright golden pour into an over-sized wine glass that looked as if it were glowing...beautiful looking beer. Solid three fingers head and great retention and lacing to boot.

S - Bananas, cloves, Pears, Spicy Belgian yeast. Very potent and aromatic.

T - Same as the nose but I just can't get over how all the aromas from the nose come into play in the taste as soooo Juicy! Complex beer.

M - Like I said, this beer is juicy and fantastic. I love how it dries out your mouth in the finish keeping you looking for another sip while being a slow sipper at the same time. The prickly carbonation works well but could be tamed just a little bit but that's just splitting hairs. A wee bit more malt could be introduced as well, but again, that's just splitting hairs.

O - Fantastic readily available Tripel. A great beer to introduce a novice into the style.

Photo of McNealc31
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just from the look of La Fin Du Monde, the experience had me thinking of champagne with the foil top and the cork. It even smells a bit like champagne and sweet grapes. The color is a delightful, hazy yellow. The taste starts citrusy, then on to grapes, and finishes a bit dry with a spicy, peppery bite. The 9% ABV is present, but not overpowering. This is complex, smooth, and quite enjoyable.

Photo of diabecktic
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
The head of this beer is absolutely beautiful. It's a thick, creamy texture with lots of air bubbles. Retention is good, as ~3 fingers of head slowly dissipates to yield a thin rim which laces quite well. This golden, straw-colored beer is quite cloudy on account of the plethora of yeast.

Smell:
As one would expect with this style, the aroma is dominated by notes of yeast. Light, fruity notes compliment a spiciness that is marked by cloves and pepper. Though very strong, it's not overpowering.

Taste:
The complexity of the aroma is also present in the palate. A sugary malt which features apricot is apparent up front, while clove, pepper, and yeast notes balance the sweetness towards the end of the tasting. Hoppiness is minimal, but the complexity, expansion, and balance of flavors is exceptional.

Mouthfeel:
I find the body to be fairly thick - likely on account of the heavy, sweet malt. Yeast and spices tingle the tongue and the aftertaste is quite pleasant.

Drinkability:
Some might the thickness offensive, but I don't find that this hurts drinkability because you have to consider that this style will feature beers with both high alcohol content and density. For a beer with 9% ABV, it's extremely easy to drink because the alcohol is well-hidden. This beer is meant to be sipped - with good reason.

Summary:
I can appreciate that certain people might find this style to be too "strong" for their liking, but this is truly a world-class beer. The craftsmanship required to brew something with such complexity is astounding; the diverse assortment of flavors is balanced, but each is still distinct upon tasting. I don't get a chance to try Tripels or Belgian Ales too often, so I relish the opportunity to enjoy these beers when I can. My only gripe is that hoppiness seems to be a bit restrained, but I would probably attribute this to the style.

Photo of Lukecook
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle

A- Golden color with a big foamy head that disappeared quickly, small amount of lacing.

S- Smells of bread, a little citrus, and alcohol.

T- Spicy(pepper) up front followed by a sweet finish.

M-Very smooth with nice amount of carbonation.

D-First review and first time trying this style. Amazed at how the alcohol stays hidden, this is a great big beer that requires respect

Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with foil on top and freshness date on the back of the label. Golden copper color with 3 inches of head that retains very well. Scents of cloves, fresh cut apples and grapes. Lots of dry fruit flavor. Yeast esters are tastey. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Going very well with gourmet grilled cheese with basil.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Foggy golden honey-like appearance. Lots of bubbles with a thick 2 to 3 finger head and strong lacing. Really stunning in the glass.

S - Sweet, citrus like...smells delicious.

T - I REALLY liked this beer. It had a pleasing sweet and fruity flavor.

M - Just the right carbonation for my tastes. Really smooth and easy to on the taste buds.

D - Little bitter and certainly not as sweet as many of the other Tripels I've had, but in a good way. Very drinkable and REALLY good. This is one of the better beers I've had.

Photo of JoeyHotrod
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my alltime favorites and a beer I often find myself going back to.

La Fin Du Monde is nectar at it's finest.

This is a lovely beer to look at. Golden slightly cloudy and has a dazzling head that lasts and lasts. Lace never once lets up either.

The smell is mired with alcohol tropical fruits, a touch of citrus and a smidgen of clove.

The taste includes yeast, citrus, and a touch of alcohol.

This is a world classic and with due respect toward the also excellent Duvel, quite possibly the gold standard of the style.

Photo of Scrapss
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, La Fin Du Monde. One of the best beers ever made.

Appearance: hazy like a weissebier. It has an undercurrent like a properly prepared Black and Tan. Thick head dissipates into 1/8" thick pure white foam. Lacing is nearly ideal for the style. Particulates are present. Has legs.

Smell: sweet, slightly chalky texture, then incredible and utterly complex. Nectar of the gods.

Taste: think of the best hefeweisen you ever tasted. It's better. It's insanely sweet then drifts into the palate like nothing else on the planet. It changes character as it descends, first sweet wheat beer-like, then hot boozy then it gives off a light-sweet-tangerine essence for 10 seconds and then it's gone in a lingering sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: coating and filling, almost to the point of cloying but not annoyingly so. Medium cabonation prevents over-saturation.

Drinkability: As good as it is...it is another deceivingly smooth high ABV beer. You might try to session it but you'd fail. Simply enjoy it in extreme moderation.

La Fin Du Monde is quite simply one of the best beers ever made. I highly recommend it.

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 9,173 ratings.